Unlimited vacation policy

Honeywell hiesydpt12
Feb 3 20 Comments

What would you do when your company provides unlimited vacation but your manager doesn’t allow you to take day offs and says only after he says “ok”, then you can take any vacations. Even though the vacation you took was already less than 10 days a year.

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  • Affirm Snakssffa
    Welcome to the tech industry.
    Feb 3 1
    • Honeywell hiesydpt12
      OP
      Well, I don’t think this scenario represents tech industry. It’s more like going back to industrial era.
      Feb 3
  • Square / Eng SQ
    Report your manager.
    Feb 3 0
  • VMware vDude
    Sounds like a shitty manager. Is s/he giving valid reasons why your requests are being rejected? We get unlimited vaca at vmw and I’ve never been denied. I probably take 5 weeks off a year or so.
    Feb 3 1
    • Honeywell hiesydpt12
      OP
      No, there were no specific reasons.
      Feb 3
  • Dropbox / Eng GGMW32
    I specifically asked my hiring manager if he had ever rejected a request for PTO. If unlimited PTO is a benefit they better believe I'm gonna use it (and I have)
    Feb 3 1
    • Salesforce hfgnntunv
      And if he said no, I would run for the hills. Most likely he does not have backbone to say no and you will have to pick up slack when he allows 9 out of 10 members to be on PTO
      Feb 4
  • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
    It’s your manager. I’ve been at 2 unlimited vacation companies now. You better be damn sure I’m using it. I average 5-6 weeks a year.
    Feb 4 0
  • SurveyMonkey fibby
    Unlimited PTO is just a ploy to not have to pay out vacation hours when you leave.
    Feb 4 1
    • Square / Eng SQ
      Would you have 3 weeks a year pto with only being able to accrue 25 days or be able to take 5 weeks off a year but not be paid out? Easy decision for me. There's not really a point to take less vacation time and store them like a squirrel stores nuts. You burn out faster and are more stressed for less vacation time.
      Feb 4
  • Lyft
    R.Kelly

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    R.Kellymore
    Look for companies with unlimited breadsticks
    Feb 4 1
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance Navi94
      Basically your saying imagine a scenario where a company offers unlimited breadsticks but they only make say 20 of them a day?
      Feb 10
  • Hitachi Vantara
    UCMeICU

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    UCMeICUmore
    Good manager?
    Feb 3 0
  • Salesforce hfgnntunv
    Unlimited pto is still a subject to manager’s approval. You can’t just take it whenever you like how much you like.
    I’ve denied pto many times, but I always took time to explain the reason and work out compromise.
    Now, what you described sounds like manager either targets you or just being an a-hole. Talk to your team and find out if it’s just you or entire team treated the same. Next time your PTO denied ask for the reason. And talk to HR. You don’t have to start with official complain, often times you can have “water cooler” conversation and you will get a feel where HR stands on this.
    Feb 4 0
  • Microsoft 2B|!2B=?
    When it comes to vacations, unlimited does not mean unlimited. Predefined 4 weeks vacation is better than unlimited vacation. Unlimited is more like undetermined. You can't measure how much vacation you have left.
    Feb 4 0
  • Sprout Social 3eha8
    How is your relationship with your manager outside of PTO? Are you having performance issues that your manager has given you feedback on? Are you the only person on your team with these guardrails in place, or is it this manager’s “style” to deny vacation?
    Feb 3 1
    • Honeywell hiesydpt12
      OP
      Performance was above average. Probability not all, but there were more than two persons who had the same experience
      Feb 3
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Navi94
    I heard people at Indeed take 8+ weeks off a year sounds like it could be amazing depending where your at
    Feb 10 0
  • New DvVM00
    take it anyway
    Feb 4 0
  • Tesla 100thieves
    How many days do people take off if you have unlimited vacation policy?
    Feb 3 0